October 2, 2007--Arizona opposed to changes in Colorado River plan (Denver Post)

Arizona officials are appealing to the federal government to settle the dispute over proposed changes to a Colorado River drought plan or delay approval of it. Arizona officials sent a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and the other 6 states that take water from the Colorado River. State officials say attempts to rewrite an agreement reached earlier this year put Arizona's share of the river at an unacceptable risk. At issue is whether a new system of managing reservoirs on the river would threaten the portion of Arizona's allotment that serves Phoenix and Tucson. Arizona argues that changes sought by states on the upper river could deprive Arizona of water even when storage levels in one reservoir were high.

 

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